India is a country that exudes mysticism. It is a country that can be exotic one minute and mysterious the next.
An enigma to the first-time traveler, India displays the most touching and awe-inspiring symbolism of the power of true love: the majestic Taj Mahal.
But that’s not all that you can enjoy in India. Eco-tours will take you to even more exciting locations, allowing you to unravel the mystery behind the country’s mysticism and exoticism.
First stop, the Taj Mahal.
This monument of true love is by far the best and most popular illustration of Mughal architecture. It is actually a mausoleum and was ordered constructed by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor at the time, for his 3rd wife who died during childbirth.
After Taj Mahal, you should try to include all or at least several of the following in your itinerary:
Gir National Park
There are several national parks in the country, each one established to protect India’s exotic wildlife. At Gir National Park, you may just catch a glimpse of lions roaming about if you’re lucky.This is one of the few places in the country, and perhaps the world, that still has lions in the wild.
Corbett National Park
This is another of the country’s national parks and it is actually considered as the best one there is in the country for viewing elephants and tigers in their natural habitat. As you ride the jeep with your guide, don’t be surprised if you have to stop in the middle of your drive to let elephants cross undisturbed.
Sariska Tiger Reserve
Dedicated to protecting tigers but a great place to see other wild animals, too, like antelopes. Animals, especially tigers, were once hunted in the area until it became a protected reserve. Today, safari tours are held here to allow visitors to see animals up close.
Unspoiled greenery, beautiful beaches and soothing Ayurvedic massages all make Kerala the perfect escape. The terrain is perfect for trekking and hiking plus the friendly locals all make a trip here truly unforgettable.
Valley of Flowers
Can’t get enough of India’s breathtaking sights? Visit Valley of Flowers. Nestled between mountains, the valley provides visitors with a magnificent display of various alpine flowers. The cool air plus the lush surroundings make one feel this is as close to heaven as you can get.
For the thrill-seeker, mysterious caves abound in India. Elephanta Caves are situated in a small island just a short distance from Mumbai. The climb up to get to the entryway of the caves is quite challenging so this is not for the faint of heart. Once you get inside however, you will be treated to wonderful samples of India’s ancient wall art. Incidentally, it’s called Elephanta Caves because when look at them from a distance, they look somewhat like elephants
Ajanta and Ellora Caves
There are about thirty caves in all, each one painstakingly carved, believe it or not! These caves are an excellent example of India’s mysticism where you can see various sculptures and murals depicting the Buddha and his many reincarnations as captured in the Jataka tales.
Travel to majestic India and experience the magic of true love in the Taj Mahal. Get to know the country’s “wild side” with safaris and treks through virgin forests.
India, with its contrasting flavors and mysticism, will make you fall in love over and over again with every visit; as if you’re meeting for the first time.